Enhance your degree with a certificate in Addiction Studies

The addiction studies program enables you to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to recognize addictions in all its forms as a disease and understand prevention and treatment approaches across the lifespan and across diverse cultural groups. Course content is updated regularly and new courses are developed to meet the needs of students, interested community members, and professional practitioners.

You will delve into the biological, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of addiction and recovery. You will learn about the value of 12-step, peer-supported and self-help groups for persons with addictive disorders. Evaluating public policy related to funding prevention and treatment programs and other pertinent policy matters will be addressed.

You can choose from a wide variety of courses including many electives that fit your needs and interests. Examples of electives include, but are not limited to: Diverse Populations; Counseling Models; Prevention; Substance Use and HIV; Recovery and Spirituality; Neurobiology of Drug Addiction; Grief and Loss; Women and Addiction: Gender Responsive Approaches; and Disordered Gambling. Take advantage of internship opportunities to put your knowledge of and interest in addictions into practice.



Social Work MSW

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is required for advanced clinical or macro practice, and is in high demand for employers seeking social work professionals who can work with clients and provide leadership in the agency and community. 

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Humane Studies

As a student in Humane Studies you will become part of an exciting, cutting-edge field based on the idea of the interconnectedness of social justice, sustainability, and animal protection. 

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Faculty Bios

Bart W. MilesChair, Social Work and Sociology Department
Director of MSW Program

B. A., Dordt College

M.S.W., Arizona State University

Ph.D., Arizona State University



Bart W. Miles

Dr. Bart Miles is the Chair of Social Work & Sociology. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2012 from Wayne State University. He completed his doctoral degree in 2003 and his MSW in 1998 at Arizona State University. His interests include treatment of children and adolescents, at-risk urban youth, homelessness/poverty, and qualitative methods. He is actively engaged in the social work community through a variety of activities including serving on boards, consulting with agencies, grant writing, and non-profit evaluation. His research has been mixed methods research primarily with homeless adults and youth.

Dr. Miles has expertise in various qualitative methodologies, including: participatory action research, visual ethnography, discourse analysis, interpretive methods, and computer assisted data analysis.

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Angela KennedyCoordinator, Addiction Studies
Adjunct Instructor, Social Work

 B.A., West Virginia State University

M.A. and M.S.W., Wayne State University

Ph.D., Clayton University



Angela Kennedy

 Angela G. Kennedy is a long-term social work practitioner, social justice advocate, administrator, consultant and social work clinical and academic educator.  She has extensive experience in child welfare, medical social work, behavioral healthcare and services to homeless persons, HIV+ persons, victims of sexual assault and other vulnerable, marginalized and disenfranchised persons.  She joined Madonna University’s Addiction Studies Certificate Program as an Adjunct Assistant Professor during the 2003 winter term.  She later joined the Social Work Department instructing both undergraduate and graduate students.  

Dr. Kennedy currently serves as the Coordinator of the Addiction Studies Program. and earned a BA in Sociology from West Virginia State University, a MSW from Wayne State University and a MA in Dispute Resolution from Wayne State University.  She advanced her educational achievements by earning a PhD in Public Administration.  Her post-graduate education includes research at the University of Toronto and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. 

Dr. Kennedy is a State of Michigan certified clinical and macro social work practitioner, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.   

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